I’m certain common readers of my weblog should suppose that I spend half my life at Nice Dixter, however should you had one of many world’s nice gardens half an hour from house wouldn’t you? Anyway, I used to be there once more on Sunday for the Plant Truthful and a jolly good time was being had by all. It has change into fairly the social occasion, with gardeners from far and close to assembly up and shopping for treasures to take house with them. My haul was fairly restrained – for as soon as. Two extra ferns for the woodland space – Blechnum chilense and Athyrium filix-femina ‘Frizelliae’; a Persicaria ‘White Eastfield’ that can even do nicely in shade; a pink-flowered type of the hardy begonia Begonia grandis subsp. evansiana referred to as ‘Claret Jug’ – and one mad buy – Aristea ecklonii. The Aristea isn’t reliably hardy, however I cherished its followers of iris-like leaves and stems that wave above the leaves with dainty vivid blue star flowers. I’ll overwinter it undercover after which divide it up subsequent spring, conserving some in a pot and planting the remaining within the backyard to see the way it does in our gentle coastal situations. In accordance with the vendor, the at all times fascinating Binny Vegetation, it additionally grows simply from seed.